Improved camera optics are a staple of each new generation of smartphones, and at the current pace, its not hard to imagine a future in which point-n-shoot cameras are just a relic of how we used to take photos. Then again, there's nothing stopping camera makers from integrating smartphone-like capabilities into digital cameras, and that's precisely what Nikon has done with its new Android powered Coolpix S800c.
They liiiiiiiiive! Exactly on schedule, it's Episode 185 184 of the No BS Podcast! Nathan, Gordon, and Alex are joined by Senior Graphics Card Correspondant and hardware rockstar Loyd Case.
This month the gang talks about more Kickstarted games, like Shadowrun and Leisure Suit Larry (which is created by Al Lowe, not Rob Lowe as Nathan originally suggested). Also: EA is the worst company ever?
After the news, tech talk! Loyd goes in-depth about Nvidia's brand-new GTX 680 cards, which are flying off the shelves. Then we talk about the Nokia Lumia 900 and its chances for success against a crowded field. Later, there's jawing about Nikon's brand-new D800 DSLR.
Also: Mice, mobile gaming, and much, much more. Finally, Gordon's ranting inevitably turns into an argument about Star Wars canon.
Next episode goes up May 4th 9th!
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The long anticipated D800 from Nikon has arrived, and while it's not quite a D4 in a D700 body like many were hoping for, it does sport a humongous 36.3-megapixel full-frame (FX) sensor (15.4 megapixels in DX format). Nikon says it's the world's highest effective pixel count among interchangeable lens DSLR cameras equipped with image sensors conforming to the 35-mm film size, and we won't argue the claim.
The D3100 is a welcome update to earlier entry-level DSLRs from Nikon, which offered aging sensor technology and limited feature sets. The D3100 sports a 14.1MP CMOS APS-C sensor with very good low-light capabilities for a camera in its class. Overall, the D3100 is a fine entry-level DSLR but is marred a little by awkward body balance.
These days it seems like everybody has a camera. A teeny-tiny inexpensive camera. You'll find them built into cell and smart phones. You'll find them in notebooks, tablets, and personal music players. So, if you have a perfectly decent compact camera, why on earth would you even consider dropping five, ten, even twenty times that much money on a full-blown SLR that's several times larger and several times heavier?
If you've been patiently holding out for Nikon's swivel screen D5100 digital SLR camera, you now have a decision to make. Should you wait until the April 21, 2011 (this Thursday) launch date and order one from an online vendor that won't hit you with sales tax, or should you succumb to impatience a pop over to your local Best Buy (or snag one online)? The choice is yours to make, but here's what you need to know.
Been waiting for something new from Nikon? Your wait is over. The camera maker on Tuesday announced its new D5100 Digital SLR with a 16.2 megapixel sensor. Nikon says it packed the D5100 to the brim with "new and innovative features aimed at giving photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints." It also boasts the ability to shoot HD video.
You'll have to excuse your Coolpix toting neighbor if he has a serious case of zoom envy when you proudly whip out your P500 digital camera. That's because Nikon outfitted the P500 with a 36x zoom, the longest zoom ever integrated into a Coolpix camera. Combined with the Nikkor ED glass lens, Nikon promises you'll be able to hone in on your subject with exceptional clarity, even in low-light conditions.
The CompactFlash Association only recently released the CF6.0 specification, which calls for a maximum transfer rate of 167MB/s. That's fast, but not nearly fast enough for SanDisk, Sony, and Nikon. The tech trio is proposing a new specification that will essentially triple transfer rates to 500MB/s via PCI-Express.
"This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers," said Mr. Shigeto Kanda, Canon, and chairman of the Board, CFA. "This next generation formation is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs."
The proposed specification isn't just about speed, but capacity as well. According to the three companies, capacities beyond 2TB would be possible, which would better allow for continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images and HD video applications.
Nikon rumor site NikonRumors.com (fitting, isn't it?) received word from an anonymous source that Nikon is constructing a carbon fiber body for an upcoming professional level DSLR.
"For the last few months Nikon has been working on a carbon fiber body for a Nikon pro-level DSLR," the tipster writes. "They are specifically looking at the manufacture of a resin-infused 3D woven CRFP body as well as fatigue testing of some CFRP components."
The tipster goes on to say that the body would be a full sized DSLR, and because of the carbon fiber construction it would offer increased stiffness and a "slight reduction in mass." Light weight and sturdy? Sounds like a winning combo to us.